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About Me & My Family

We are a family of 5. We love to travel and to see new things. We look for a educational experience in everything we do and my we do a lot. Our kids are so used to being on the go that they have tremendous stamina. We try to plan 2 large trips every year and supplement them with weekend get-aways, staycations and a day jaunt now and again. Our kids are always wondering what the next spot will be.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, energetic
We Just Got Back From
Malibu Dude Ranch Poconoes, PA
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Rhode Island beaches
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Africa
Favorite Vacation Memory
Watching the kids lug their car seats through the airport on their first plane ride.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Two of my kids got lost at a campground in Yellowstone. My 9 year old son took his 6 year old sister on a walk to the restroom 4 sites down and couldn't find their way back. We ended up reporting them missing at the camp check in and then the search began. I was afraid of them being abducted, but also of the Grizzlies which were out in full force that summer due to the late melt. It was the worst 45 minutes of our lives. A fellow camper overheard my husband relay the story to the camp personnel and she recognized them as she returned to her site 7 loops away from ours. The ranger was called and returned them safely to us. The employees were great and it was a happy ending to a potential disaster.
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October 20 2016
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Cape Codder Resort & Spa | kids travel, kids activities
Cape Codder Resort & Spa
1225 Iyannough Road,
Hyannis, Massachusetts
"Family Fun resort"
Fun Family Resort"
Our favorite season in New England without a single doubt is autumn. There is so much to be said for the colors of fall, the crackling leaves and the golden hue on a sunny day. But one of the unknown secrets of fall in New England is the splendor of the beaches. Many a New Englander loves to walk to sandy shores on a crisp uncrowded fall day.

Cape Cod is the King of the New England beach scene and the Cape Codder Resort is THE place to stay to visit the surrounding areas. But wait...once you get into the Cape Codder, you may never want to leave!

We decided to spend a couple of days at the Cape Codder to check out their new 30,000 square foot water park. Honestly driving up to the hotel I was surprised how small the hotel appeared and also about the fact that it seemed to be located in a busy area right off the main road. However once we became acquainted with the hotel the exact location of the hotel was unimportant. We had walked into a large, friendly, highly stylized resort where what is going on inside the resort is so much better than the road outside! Once we had had settled in we simply forgot about the rest of Hyannis. Plus you are still within an easy driving distance to the beach and other area attractions.

Check In
Walking through the doors of the Cape Codder you are immediately reminded of the New England Beach scene. Whites, light blues and seashells are the themes as you are checked into your room by the friendly desk staff. For the fall the imposing fireplace and surrounding common areas were decorated with Halloween witches and goblins in preparation for the upcoming Halloween promotional stays. The kids sat down in the comfy chairs long enough for me to snap a couple of pictures and eat a couple of cookies that had been put out for afternoon snack.

The Room
We had reserved a Family Suite which easily sleeps 6 in 2 separate sleeping areas and 2 bathrooms. The family suites have been recently remodeled to also capture the beach scene with white washed woods, blue hues and large original artworks depicting sea life. The separate "parents" sleeping area consists of a king bed with dresser and television, seating area and modern bathroom with a makeup area and quartz laden double sinks.

The central living area consists of a large sectional that converts to a bed as well as a double sized Murphy bed that also acts as a table for 6. The kitchen area joins the living area with a small (and very cute)
refrigerator/freezer/microwave combo that would have fit perfectly into my dorm room back in the day and also a sink and small counter. A second bath is around the corner. It would be very easy to spend a few days here with a large family. As a bonus these rooms are located steps from the 30,000 square foot indoor waterpark. We could see the waterpark from our back windows but disappointingly could not get to it without first leaving our room and walking though the central entrance. The room was sufficiently sound proofed from the waterpark but we did hear some noise from the neighboring room. The only other suggestion I would make for the family suite would be for more places to hang wet bathing suits which are a necessity when visiting a water park.

The resort also offers typical style rooms with 2 queens and a bathroom decorated in either the beachy white or Tommy Bahama dark wood style. Honestly there are so many rooms to choose from you can find a room perfect for your family. I like to have breakfast and snacks in the room for my family so the family suite suits us fine. The more traditional room might be better for a smaller family or a family on a budget. Those looking to splurge on a more luxurious room might consider a suite or a room from the Residence Club. Yes, you can own a deeded right to a part of the resort or just rent a room from an owner during your stay. The fractional units come at a premium but have a beautifully decorated living area, gas fireplace, giant flat screen, chefs kitchen, washer/dryer, Jacuzzi tub and either 1 or 2 bedrooms. These suites are private and require a special pass card.

Restaurants
There are 2 restaurants associated with the hotel. The Grand Cru Wine Bar and Grill offers a light menu but a serious wine menu. The Hearth and Kettle is a more traditional restaurant with well-known staples, hearty fare and many choices. There is a also dining on the Deck in season and a snack bar at the waterpark.

Amenities
Wow....The Cape Codder has an indoor water park topped with a retractable ceiling. On glorious days the ceiling is opened to let the sunshine in and on days with winter snow left closed so the indoor temp stays a balmy 84 degrees. The waterpark has waterslides, a kiddie play area, lazy river, wave pool and hot tubs. All are kept clean by a state of the art ultraviolet cleansing system so the eye burning sting of chlorine is kept to a minimum. Outdoors there is a large heated salt water pool that is kept open all year and another hot tub. During our stay we experienced record high October temperatures and the pool was a relaxing and refreshing. On site there is also a heavenly med-spa called the Beach Plum Spa. Kids as young as 4 can get a mani/pedi and those as old as 10 can get a massage as long as there is a parent in the room.

There are also scheduled activities for children during the summer and school vacations as well as themed seasonal packages for Halloween and Christmas.

Nearby
If your brood should tire of the waterpark there are several nearby attractions aside from the beaches. Consider lighthouse tours, Whale watches; nearby Carver for the cranberry harvest or Edaville for Thomas the Train engine aficionados. We wiled away a few hours at the Cape Cod Chip factory and Pirates Cove Mini-golf.
Disclosure: I was provided an overnight stay and complementary water park passes. I was not asked to provide a specific review and all opinions are my own.
 
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October 20 2016
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Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory | kids travel, kids activities
Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory
100 Breed's Hill Road,
Hyannis,
Massachusetts 02601
"Free Chip Factory Tour"
Cape Cod Chips are a big hit in these parts and if you are in the Hyannis area you can go to the factory to see where and how those crispy snacks are made.

The Factory is located in an industrial type area in Hyannis but not far from any of the action,

We followed the signs to the parking lot and parked as directed then following a path to get to the tour start. Along the way were a few signs explaining different chip facts and of course the wafting smell of potato chips.

Once inside we were directed to the tour area after signing the guest book. The tour is self guided and free, but pictures are not allowed along the tour. The tour is essentially a walk down a hall watching the different parts of the chip production. In the vestibule area we were informed where the current potatoes were sourced, then we watched them washed and prepared into chips. The last part of the tour had the chips being placed into bags and the watching the mechanical process seemed to be the most intriguing part of the tour for my group.

At the end of the tour guests are allowed a chip sample and there are of course a multitude of chip flavors and gifts available for purchase.
This is about a 1/2 hour interesting diversion.
 
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October 20 2016
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Pirate’s Cove | kids travel, kids activities
Pirate’s Cove
728 Main Street,
South Yarmouth,
Massachusetts 02664
"Pirates and Mini Golf"
Our family loves a good mini-golf course. Pirates Cove is well-known for being well-kept and convenient. There is always a competition and now that the kids are getting older it is harder for me to win!
We stopped at Pirates Cove on a beautiful fall day. I have to say that many mini-golf courses are sometimes in s certain state of disrepair. Not so at this course.
Upon entry we were greeted by a friendly staffer who explained the difference between the 2 available courses. We decided to go with the sunny one since it was starting to cool off but the other one was accessible so everyone was able to enjoy.

She also told us about the free app available to keep score. I was interested in that since I am usually the one carrying the little pencil around scribbling each score on the small scorecard. I had my phone anyway so I scanned the QR code at the beginning of the course and voila...I had a score keeper on my phone. I simply entered each of our names and our score at each hole.

Along the course we were treated to educational tidbits about well-known pirates both in signage and in the app we were using to score the course. Each hole was well-kept and fun and there were some surprises along the way.

Outside of the course are some fun areas for photos-stops and a fun gift shop.
 
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October 20 2016
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Hearth N Kettle Restaurants | kids travel, kids activities
Hearth N Kettle Restaurants
1225 Iyannough Road,
Hyannis,
Massachusetts
"Hearty Food"
While we were staying at the Cape Codder and checking out the new indoor water park there we ate at the on site restaurant called Hearth n Kettle. As it was late and during the off season were were not able to be seated in the regular restaurant but instead were seated at a cozy table in the bar area.The bar is a rustic, beamed space with strategically placed televisions dotting wall. We ended up watching a great soccer match while we enjoyed our meal.
The bar was quite busy and there were several other booths taken. Our server was polite and quick. There were children's menus available in addition to regular fare. I was excited to see some Cape Cod seafood specialties on the menu as I am a Lobstah' Roll aficionado. In place of the lobster roll I instead picked the Lobster Casserole. It was a yummy lobster and butter creation with a crumbly crust. There was so much food I couldn't eat it all. The girls went with the burger staples but we also ordered an appetizer sampler with chicken fingers and onion rings.
The girls burgers were from the kids menu and were definitely enough to fill their hungry bellies and they also each got a Hoodsie ice cream cup as a dessert.

Disclosure: I was provided a gift card to help pay for my meal but I was not required to give a specific opinion and all opinions are my own.
 
 
October 20 2016
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Cape Codder Resort and Spa | kids travel, kids activities
Cape Codder Resort and Spa
1225 Iyannough Road,
Hyannis,
Massachusetts 02601
"Indoor Water Park"
The Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis Massachusetts has recently undergone a fabulous multi-million dollar renovation to update some family suite rooms and also the fun all weather water park attached to the hotel.

We recently stayed in a family suite with views of the waterpark from our room, but we also spent the better part of a day slipping and sliding in the newly built and recently opened slides and splash areas.

You do not need to be a guest of the resort to use the waterpark. While the resort has had a waterpark for many years they have now expanded and restyled it to allow for even more fun.

We visited on a weekday which was a holiday for some school systems. I was glad there was just enough kids at the park to make it enjoyable yet not overcrowded. The girls were able to make a few friends as they bounded from slide to wave pool to lazy river and back again.

This indoor waterpark consists of several water slides, a small lazy river, a kiddie splash area, a wave pool and some sprinkler umbrellas. While it is not a large indoor water park by some standards it was large enough to have a ton of fun and small enough that I did not need to worry about my two twelve year old charges wandering off too far. I was also thrilled that there were plenty of lifeguards at the park taking their positions seriously while still having some fun and interacting with the kids when appropriate. They were always sure to enforce the rules but in a friendly way. The girls spent hours racing down the side by side slides to see who would land first. They darted up the stairs of the light house to slide on down into the lazy river area and bobbed in the wave pool with 2 foot waves. While they burned off their energy I sailed around the lazy river a few times then enjoyed a book at one of tables/chairs.

We were lucky enough to visit both at night and during the day. At night the area becomes part of a thunderstorm scene when periodically the lights flash and thunder rolls. My girls enjoyed going on the slides during this time as the flashing lights were visible from the slides. During the day we could really appreciate the stylized theme of the park with an area appropriate lighthouse, ship and family themed rooms with facades decorated in New England or beach themes with surfboards and fishing tackle. We were also able to appreciate the glass enclosed ceiling covering the water park that can be opened on beautiful days to let the fresh air in. When closed however it is always a balmy 84 degrees in the park.

One thing notably absent from the water park is the heavy smell of chlorine. The resort uses an ultra-violet light system to keep the water clean and the burning of eyes from chlorine to a minimum.

Know Before Your Go:

Pick a room with a rate inclusive of the waterpark if you plan on using it.

Bands are required of every water park guest. Do not lose these as there is a $25 replacement fee.

Towels are provided at the entrance of the waterpark.

There are lockers at one end of the waterpark. Be prepared to part with $7 if you do not leave everything in your room or have a designated watcher. The lockers require credit cards and they you are asked to input a pin for your combination.

At night I saw that a bon fire had been lit in the courtyard outside the waterpark, I discovered they do this nightly so bring some marshmallows and sticks! There is also a snack bar inside the waterpark should your kids inevitably get hungry.

The bathrooms/shower rooms are clean and well-maintained but in a bit of need for updating. There are individual shower stalls that have soap and shampoo but not conditioner. The shower stalls are quite small and not large enough to change your clothes. There are changing rooms around the corner. Snag a couple of extra towels per person if you plan on showering there.
There is a handy suit dryer outside the shower room. Bring a plastic bag to keep your suit in after you remove excess water.

Have a fun day in the water!

Disclosure: I was provided complementary entrance to the water park but was not required to provide a specific opinion. All opinions are my own.
 
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